To this point of the 2023 MLB season, frustration has enveloped baseball in Queens.
The New York Mets have failed to meet high expectations so far, hovering near the .500 mark with a massive payroll.

This week’s sweep at Atlanta seemed to be a low point of the early season, and it may be hard to find some positives in the eyes of many fans right now.  The surface narratives have all been evident, including offensive woes, starting pitching inconsistency, and bullpen concerns.

Yet if the Mets are what their record says they are, then the team was nearly equal parts bad and good before the Atlanta sweep and the loss of Pete Alonso

We go inside some of the recent numbers that further illustrate the ups and downs of the Mets’ season after two-plus months, taking a deeper look at both discouraging and encouraging trends.

All statistics are for games through June 7 unless otherwise noted. 

– Alonso homered 22 times in his first 61 games this season before heading to the injured list with a wrist injury. In 1976, Dave Kingman was the only other Mets player to hit 22 home runs in his first 61 games. Known as “Kong,” Kingman was well-known for launching impressive homers during some lean years at Shea Stadium in the mid-1970s and early 1980s. 

– Over his last 27 games, Starling Marte is hitting .282 with nine RBI and 13 runs scored. He has reached base safely in eight of his last nine games and has stolen eight bases in the last 30 days. Marte’s 17 steals in 57 games is one less than he had in 118 games last season. 

Daniel Vogelbach’s Isolated Power of .093 is exactly half of his career mark of .186. His .297 slugging percentage is 105 points lower than his career SLG. 

Adam Ottavino’s K/9 rate of 8.7 is the lowest mark of his career since his first season in the majors in 2010. Opponents are hitting .286 against his sweeper pitch after hitting .165 against it last season. He has decreased the sweeper usage from 42.8 to 23.5%. 

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– Over his last 12 games, Tommy Pham is hitting .357 with three home runs, 10 RBI, and four walks. He has raised his OBP from .301 to .325 and his SLG from .357 to .485 during that span. Pham’s .809 OPS is his best mark in the past five seasons. 

– The Mets went 12-10 in their first 22 games against National League East opponents this season. Last year, they had a .658 winning percentage against the NL East, which was the best in franchise history. 

– New York is tied with Arizona for the best fielding percentage (.990) and fewest errors (22) in the Major Leagues. 

– So far this season, the Mets have been outscored 46-14 in the first inning of games. 

– Entering play on June 7, Brandon Nimmo’s .346 road batting average was the fourth-highest in the majors. His .399 road on-base percentage was the fourth-best in MLB since he entered the league in 2016. 

– The Mets are hitting .238 with Runners In Scoring Position, which is tied for 22nd in MLB. Last season, New York hit .269 with RISP, which was fourth in the Majors. 

Francisco Álvarez’s 10 career home runs (nine this season) before the age of 22 are the most by a catcher since Ivan Rodriguez hit 21 from 1991 to 1993. 

Francisco Lindor’s Isolated Power of .203 is his highest mark since joining the Mets in 2021. His .241 Batting Average On Balls in Play is his lowest ever and 50 points below his career BABIP. 

Brooks Raley has allowed one run in 11 games since being activated from the Injured List on May 14. 

David Robertson has 10 saves, and five holds this season. He is the only pitcher in MLB to reach those markers in each category so far in 2023. 

– The Mets’ bullpen ERA of 4.17 ranks 21st in the majors. The 33 home runs allowed by the relievers are the fourth-most in MLB. 

Tylor Megill has a 3.03 ERA and 3-1 record in home games this season. 

Kodai Senga has a K/9 rate of 11.3, which ranks sixth in the majors among pitchers with 50-plus innings pitched. 

– New York’s staff WHIP of 1.35 ranks 22nd in MLB. The Mets have 16 Quality Starts, which ranks 22nd in the majors. 

– The Mets have the highest stolen base percentage in baseball (87.5 percent). Their 42 stolen bases rank 17th in the majors. 

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